Animal cruelty cases heard in Calhoun County

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

Aug. 22, 2014 at 2:54 p.m.

Two men accused of killing their pets were supposed to be in Calhoun County court Thursday.

Only one showed up.

"It is pretty rare," Calhoun County Assistant District Attorney Shannon Salyer said of animal cruelty cases. "We've had two here lately, but other than that, I can't count the number on both hands we've had in the last 10 or 15 years."

Roger Ray Sanchez, 27, of Port Lavaca, pleaded guilty to shooting one of his pit bulls and cutting another.

Judge Jack Marr sentenced him to five years deferred adjudication probation.

Sanchez will have to forfeit his firearm to the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office as well seek treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, Calhoun County District Clerk Pamela Hartgrove said.

Kirk Andrew Lacy, 52, of Port O'Connor, meanwhile, had his $2,000 bond revoked when he did not appear for a cruelty to non-livestock animal: torture case.

A warrant was issued for his arrest, and his bond is now set at $4,000, Hartgrove said.

Sheriff's deputies responded to both incidents.

Neighbors reportedly saw Lacy the afternoon of July 5, 2013, dig a hole for his 85-pound, black Labrador and then repeatedly hit it in the head with a hammer, said Lt. Robert Hinojosa.

"Then, he dropped the dog in the hole and covered him up," Hinojosa said, adding Lacy told the deputies later that the dog was old and could hardly walk, eat or drink water.

"The reason he wanted to use a hammer is he wasn't able to own a gun," Hinojosa said.

In the other case, Sanchez became upset after he learned his wife gave away his dogs when he was in jail.

He wanted them back on Dec. 22, 2013, but the person who took them wasn't ready to part with them, Hinjosa said.

"Mr. Sanchez said, 'If I can't have them, nobody else can,'" Hinojosa said, reading from a report of the incident.

Then, Sanchez pulled out a black pistol and shot one dog in the kennel before dragging both dogs out of the kennel and cutting the other with a knife, he said.

The charges were both state jail felonies, which carry a maximum sentence of two years, Salyer said.

Jim Beeler was appointed as Lacy's attorney on Thursday. He could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.

Sanchez's attorney, Jane Lane, declined to comment.

She did say Sanchez was an Army veteran who has received awards for his service.

Port Lavaca Animal Control lists on its website as one of its services the collection of "unwanted animals for adoption or termination."

The Port Lavaca Animal Control can be reached by calling 361-552-5726.



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